Scott Coker said that he would be announcing the signing of some heavyweights this week and the first one to be announced so far has been none other than TNA Superstar Bobby Lashley. Bobby Lashley who isn’t just a pro wrestler on tv, but he was a standout in amateur wrestling as well. Lashley won 3 National Amateur Wrestling Championships (NAW) from 1996-1998 as well as winning 2 National Association Intercollegiate Athletics Championships (NAIA) from 1997-1998. Add his wrestling resume to his 6 foot 3 inch, 252 pound stature and you have a take down machine in the man who just started MMA one year ago. He has also accumulated a 4-0 record since.
Lashley made his debut on December 13th of last year. He fought Joshua Franklin under the Mixed Fighting Alliance banner “There Will Be Blood”. He finished Franklin in 41 seconds in the first round due to a cut. Lashley then went on to fight none other than Clay Guidas older brother Jason Guida where Lashley one the fight by unanimous decision. His next fight then was against Mike Cook who came to the ring wearing a mexican wrestling match. Bobby Lashley was so bothered by the mask that he finished Cook via guillotine in 24 seconds. Bobbys next match would be against his toughest opponent yet when he was set to fight MMA veteran Bob Sapp. Bobby Lashley quickly took Sapp down and began ground and pound in which Sapp eventually tapped out due to punches. With that kind of resume within a year, there was no doubt that an organization such as Strikeforce or even the UFC for that matter would be interested in what Bobby Lashley would bring to the table.
After many rumors have circulated around Bobby Lashley signing with Strikeforce over the last month or so, Lashley has finally signed. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said that Lashleys first fight will be on the January 30th Strikeforce: Miami card. Headlining this card his Strikeforce Women’s Champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos as she fights Marloes Coenen. Other notables on this card include Nick Diaz, Herschel Walker, Jay Hieron (all of each do not yet have an opponent). Knowing all this, we can suspect another very good card from Strikeforce (minus the Herschel Walker circus).